October 19, 2011 Subject:
Mountain Rock and Roll
I was at this show with my brother. Futurebirds were opening for the Drive By Truckers and the night before, rock and roll had been served up wholesale from Bloodkin and DBT. If my memory serves correctly, the weather was perfect and Asheville was alive with folks enjoying the summer. I can remember being on the front row before the show and seeing the second pedal steel set up beside John Neff's rig.. wondering what kind of treat we might be partaking of this time. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, there was activity on the stage. Fellas started picking up instruments. I saw a banjo, somebody picked up a bass, one kid sat down at the Rains pedal steel, wearing what looked like his high school's gym T-shirt. There were a lot of guys up there and it didn't take long to find out exactly what they intended to do. They rocked.
Futurebirds played one of the best opening shows I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. The energy level struck me as being so intense that I thought I would have to scream. And I did. The pedal steel broke my heart while the rhythm guys kept me grooving. The psychedelic sounds of a banjo making noises I'd never heard a banjo make, melted with an electric guitar that made me want more. And there was more. Those guys rocked as hard as the walls of The Orange Peel would allow and then they brought us safely back down for our intermission to the Truckers show. What a night. My brother and I knew that Team Dirty South would be recording the DBT show and we hoped.. no, we prayed that they would put the Futurebirds' set up on Archive too. And here it is. 5 stars for blowing my mind and reminding me that there is still great music out there, yelling to be found.